Tag Archives: Shenandoah Valley

ECW Weekender: Virginia Museum of the Civil War

Thinking of making a trip in the autumn season to see the fall colors in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley? Consider add a stop at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market. Located on a key portion of New … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9/23-9/29/19

In your opinion, what was the most important battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley? Why?

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The Next Stonewall? Ewell and the Second Battle of Winchester, Part 2

Part 2 of 2. Part 1 is available here. General Robert Milroy had done little to endear himself to the pro-Southern civilian population in Winchester, Virginia. From curfews, loyalty oaths for food, soldiers quartered in private homes, sets of burdensome … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Trinity Episcopal Church

It was a rainy day in August 2016, and I needed to find somewhere with history to wait out the storm in Staunton, Virginia. Huddled under my umbrella, I studied the historic walking tour map and realized I was close … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Rockfish Gap

Driving on Virginia’s Interstate 64? You’ll cross Rockfish Gap to leave or enter the Shenandoah Valley and drive right through a place of history. Situated about 16 miles east of Staunton and just above Waynesboro, the gap offers a crossing … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: “Stop Here” in the Shenandoah Valley

ECW’s managing editor, Sarah Kay Bierle, has been building a virtual road trip on her personal blog. The series is called “Stop Here! Historic Places To Visit” and has been focusing on unique places to visit in the Shenandoah Valley. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Friends, it’s cold outside! If battlefielding in this wintry weather isn’t your preference, consider visiting a museum. One of my favorite museums is The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, located in Winchester, Virginia. It’s not a military museum, but it’s … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Edinburg Mill

Mention the 1864 Autumn Campaign in the Shenandoah Valley and among historians and Virginia locals an image comes to mind: a landscape with burning buildings and fields. Union General Sheridan directed his officers and soldiers to destroy the agriculture, mills, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Pack’s Frozen Custard

“And that’s a good place to stop for frozen custard…” Our battlefield tour guide announced, nodding toward a small stand as we zoomed by on Route 211, heading to New Market Gap. The next day – after I had dragged … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Woodson’s Missourians At New Market

The marker sits near the orchard, within sight of the Bushong House on Virginia’s New Market Battlefield. It’s normally a peaceful, quiet scene on a typical twenty-first century day. We look closer to read the fading inscription in the limestone: … Continue reading

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